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April 29 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm


Finding your way with a map and compass is an important skill to master for Map and compass workshop 2anyone who participates in outdoor recreation activities. Come and learn the theory and practical applications of orienteering with a map and compass.

This workshop is organized by the Friends of Gatineau Park in partnership with Sauvetage Bénévole Outaouais – Ottawa Volunteer Search and Rescue and is comprised of two sessions.

Session 1 (Indoor)
Through presentations and hands on exercises, you will have the opportunity to learn the following:

  • Understanding the legend on a topographic map
  • Reading the landscape by using a map
  • Using coordinates to locate points on a map
  • Measuring distance on a map
  • Planning your route using a map
  • Understanding the relationship between the map, compass and GPS

Session 2 (Outdoor)
This session will take place near the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre where you will carry out a series of exercises covering these concepts and techniques:

  • Functioning and characteristics of a compass
  • Determining a bearing
  • Travelling on a bearing
  • Detouring around obstacles

Map and compass workshop 1Dress according to the weather. Compasses will be provided but you may bring your own if you prefer.

Please note that you may register for either or for both of the sessions.

This activity is suitable for participants 13 and older. Reservations are required.




Session 1 (Indoor):
Saturday, March 18, 2017
9:30 am to 12 (in French)
1:30 pm to 4 (in English)

Session 2 (Outdoor):
Saturday, April 29, 2017
9:30 am to 12 (in French)
1:30 pm to 4 (in English)

Cost per session

Members of the Friends of Gatineau Park
Adults: $16
Students (13 and over): $13
Seniors (65 and over): $13

Non members
Adults: $20
Students (13 and over): $16
Seniors (65 and over): $16

Funds raised support the activities of the Friends of Gatineau Park.

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